Niners’ post-practice (for Pats) update

There are no changes to the 49ers’ injury report. LB Manny Lawson, T Jonas Jennings and CB Shawntae Spencer are still out.

There are no changes to the 49ers’ injury report. LB Manny Lawson, T Jonas Jennings and CB Shawntae Spencer are still out.

As reported yesterday, the 49ers have no plans right now to fill Spencer’s spot on the roster because there simply is no void that needs to be filled. The 49ers began the season carrying more defensive backs that normal.

When asked yesterday if this was a money issue, Nolan said, “No, not at all.”

However, the 49ers are also saving money (and salary-cap room) by not filling the roster spot. They’re saving anywhere from $17,350 a week (for a rookie or first-year player) to $48,820 a week (for a player with 10-plus years of experience) by not filling the roster spot.

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LB Tully Banta-Cain’s chances of suiting up for Sunday’s game against his former team are “better than favorable,” Nolan said.

With Lawson out, Parys Haralson will start at OLB. Haralson is capable of playing all three downs. When Haralson needs a rest, Banta-Cain is likely to take over.

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Nolan on the Bill Belichick-Mike Martz matchup: “Both he and Mike, when they go against each other, will try to figure out some little wrinkles to show one another.”

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From the 49ers’ PR department . . . The 49ers’ offense is 97.2 yards better per game than last season. The last team with that large of an increase (over a full season) was Martz’s 121.3 improvement with the 1999 St. Louis Rams. . . . J.T. O’Sullivan ranks among the top deep passers in the NFL after four games. On passes thrown 21 yards or longer in the air, O’Sullivan has completed 62.5 percent and has a passer rating of 127.1. O’Sullivan is 10 of 16 for 318 yards and a touchdown on those passes.

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From the desk of the great Lisa Goodwin in the community relations department . . . The 49ers announced Bernadette Dutra, founder and president of OneChild, is the winner of the 2008 49ers Community Quarterback Award. In honor of her contributions to the community, NFL Charities will present a $10,000 grant to Dutra today at a team luncheon in San Mateo hosted by former 49ers quarterback Steve Bono.

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